Random Thoughts on Various Subjects

1. IDIOT OF THE WEEK

The award goes to Sheryl Crow and her environmentalist call to use only a single sheet of toilet paper to wipe your ass in order to save the planet. The comment was later described as a joke. Either way, she is a stupid bitch. I will still continue to listen to her music though.

2. ROSIE OFF THE VIEW

I have mixed thoughts on Rosie O'Donnell. She is a stupid leftist loudmouth fat fucking bitch. OTOH, she is entertaining. Without a doubt, she got canned for being controversial, but I think controversy is a good thing. First, Imus, now her. I think we need more people like Imus and Rosie.

3. AL GORE WILL RUN FOR PRESIDENT

No big surprise here. Read all about it.

We'll probably be wiping our asses with a single sheet of toilet paper after 2008.

4. PENTAGON LIES

It is nauseating to hear the lies the Pentagon pumped out in the death of Pat Tillman. The man's death was merely a PR opportunity for these fucks as they glossed over the fact that he died as a result of friendly fire.

In other news, it has been reported that Tillman was an atheist. If this is true, it shows to the right wing religious fuckheads that atheism and patriotism are not incompatible.

5. YELTSIN

Boris Yeltsin was a drunk. He was also corrupt. In this, he was no different than 99% of Russia. But he did help to end communism. For that, he is a saint. He is dead now, and I will remember him.

6. SMOKE VS. NASCAR

Tony Stewart has been running off at the mouth again, but a lot of people are agreeing with him. Stewart called out NASCAR for calling out frivolous debris cautions in order to manipulate racing. Smoke likened it to professional wrestling. I agree. NASCAR needs to maintain integrity on this issue or else it will become a joke.

SORAYAMA, unknown

Christians are Imbeciles

In keeping with my resolution to be more hostile to religion, I have decided to devote space on the CBlog each Sunday (the Lord's Day) to bashing on religion, religious fuckheads, and what have you.

I credit Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris with my militancy regarding atheism. As they rightly point out, religion is a taboo subject in our current culture, and we too easily give these shitheads a free pass on their faith. This might seem relatively harmless, but 9/11 shows the extremes that religion will go to as well as the cover even moderates give to extremists.

Folks, the bottom line is that there is no God. He does not exist. He is purely an imaginary creation. God is the indulgence of imbeciles who lack both the intelligence and the courage to live in a purely material universe.

There is no evidence for God's existence. In addition, there are reams of evidence indicating that the Bible is a fairytale. Geology indicates that the world is much older than the Bible indicates, and biology shows how life evolved from simpler forms to the diversity we see around us today. Genesis is bullshit. This destroys any credibility for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

But I talk with believers all the time, and none of these facts makes any difference to them. Understand, these people are willfully ignorant. As one Christian pointed out to me, "I don't care what the facts are. I'm still going to believe what I believe, and you are not going to change my mind."

Christians are idiots. They do not inhabit the world of reality. They are as deluded as any schizophrenic. Their brains are unable to grasp or accomodate an alternate and more truthful worldview. Christianity makes a virtue of this willful ignorance and calls it "faith." Religion demands unquestioning adherence to its precepts. This is dangerous shit.

It is time for religion to die, and the proper way to kill it is to call it into question. It is time these imbeciles started thinking for a change. I do not believe in outlawing religion since this would be tyranny. I also do not believe in live and let live on this issue. The reality is that Christians believe they have a right and a duty to police the lives of other people all for the sake of Christ. They push their agendas in the schools and in the assembled bodies of elected officials across the USA. Religion is the handmaiden of tyranny, and I aim to cut it down.

Q&A

Q: What about Enron?

A: I get this question a lot when I talk about free markets. I often wonder why people don't throw in Global Crossing, Long Term Capital Management, or the forgotten Union Carbide disaster in India where people were killed by poisonous gas.

First of all, let's get one thing straight about Enron. Enron FAILED. They went bankrupt. They were punished by the free market for cooking their books. This is supposed to happen in the free market. Compare Enron to government entities like the post office or Amtrak that can run deficits for years with no consequences. You can only go so far in a capitalist environment.

Secondly, Enron was wrapped tightly in political corruption giving contributions to both parties and enjoying favors in return. This has been whitewashed.

Third, Enron took advantage of regulated markets and wanted more regulated markets to exploit. This was where they were able to derive their monopoly pricing power. History is replete with companies corrupted by government contracts, tip offs, etc. It is almost a truism that a government contract will result in overbilling. That's because most of it will not be caught on the government side.

Government's answer to Enron has been the disastrous Sarbanes-Oxley law which now makes it prohibitively expensive to open a public company in the US. Many companies are opting to list overseas as a result. In this case, the entire US market suffers while with Enron the victims were the investors in that company.

There will always be a certain amount of corruption in markets just like there is now with all the government regulations and what have you. But markets punish dishonesty. On the other hand, government fails all the time--9/11, Katrina, Iraq. And what happens? These failures are rewarded with more money. It boggles the mind.

I have accepted that people will always be distrutful of the market no matter its successes while being wholly trusting in the government no matter its failures. Well, why not end the free market and go with total government control of our economy? Can you say North Korea?

Here are a few more articles on the subject:

Myths About Enron
Catpialism on the Hot Seat
Enron's Last Victim:American Markets

The bottom line is that the market is filled with shady characters. The same thing is true of our government. The difference is that government corruption lingers like a bad fart in a closed room while corporate corruption is like a fart in a Category 5 hurricane. Enron attracted greedy investors who never asked how Enron made its money. They didn't care as long as the stock price kept going up. They got what they deserved in the end.

Q: Why are you so marriage-phobic?

A: I get this question all the time from women. I never get it from men.

I just quote the stats. 50% of marriages end in divorce. 40 to 60% of women cheat on their husbands. And I like to do a rough survey on my own concerning the people I know. Very few people I know are faithful. Of the people that are married, most of them tell me it is "tough." Many married men envy my position and tell me they wish they could go back. Throw in all the disastrous relationships I have been in, and there you have it.

Basically, love is bullshit. Most people find this out after they've been married awhile. Some opt to continue with the marriage while getting some on the side, or they go through a nasty divorce. I don't want to do either of these things.

For me, I always want to keep the escape hatch open. I have accepted that relationships are temporary. All marriage does is assign half your property to your future worst enemy.

Don't get me wrong, folks. I'd marry Oprah Winfrey in a heartbeat. I despise the bitch, but a billion dollars goes a long way. But as for the rest of the women in the world, no thanks.

What I am willing to do is very simple. I am willing to live with a woman in a long term relationship. I am even willing to have children so long as I can be a meaningful part of their lives. My best example of this arrangement would be Gene Simmons who has a reality show you can catch each week on A&E. That is a great family. Yeah, Gene won't marry Shannon, but I bet if he did tie the knot that bitch would take him to the cleaners.

Money is the big issue here. Most divorces are because of money. Like it or not, in both the ancient and modern context, marriage is about money and property. But as I've learned long ago, never go into partnership. This applies to business and matrimony.

Someone will throw out "common law marriage" as a potential trap but trust me, folks. I will consult a lawyer before any cohabitation occurs. South Carolina is one of those backward states that still recognizes such horseshit. You can avoid this trap by having both parties sign an agreement stating they have no intention to marry common law or otherwise. This will be a dealbuster for many girlfriends which will expose them for what they are--gold diggers.

In the end, my position really cools the fires of passion. This is the way it should be. People marry in fantasy and divorce in reality. I will never marry.

As for children, I am mixed on the subject. Unlike a wife, you can disown your children with a stroke of a pen. In addition, your responsibilities over them end at age 18. Children have no claim to your property. I can be cold on this subject because I don't have kids, but I know this will change the moment that I do.

I have grown a bit since the last time I visited this subject. I am more open to a committed relationship with the right woman. If I ever meet her, all I can tell her is that I'll be better than any husband she will ever marry. That's because I know you have to give in order to get. Plus, I never cheat. In short, I am a giving person, but I refuse to be taken. Any woman who wants more is being greedy and selfish.

Time, Money, and Energy

Regular readers of the CBlog will notice that I am rather sporadic in my posting. You might go for a few days with no new content only to get a massive dump on a tuesday. And so it goes. . .

The reason my blog is like this is because my life is like this. I am always butting up against what I call the Limiting Factors which are time, money, and energy. To use the blog as a for instance, my main limiting factors are time and energy. It costs nothing to produce this thing in terms of money. But it does take time to write this bullshit. I usually have time after work, but I sometimes don't have the energy because I am tapped out for the day because I have worked too much or am suffering from one of the four to five colds I get every year. (Right now, I am sick which sucks balls in a major way.)

I remind myself that I have 24 hours in a day. This means there are 168 hours in a week. If we subtract the 8 hours of sleep recommended for each night and the 40 hours of work that is considered the norm, this leaves 72 hours of leisure time to dispose of as we please. That is a lot of time. That is 3 whole days. Where does that time go?

Right off the bat, we blow two days on that extravagance known as the weekend. That third day is sandwiched in between all the shit we do during the week like sitting in the car, shitting on the can, fucking, etc. The reality is that you can add an additional 40 hours of work each week and still have 32 hours to blow any way you want it. This means working Saturday and Sunday. Your evenings are free to do with as you please. (I got this from Gene Simmons who advised working a 7 day week and leaving your nights free for the women.)

There is plenty of time in your life. Anyone who says they don't have enough time to do everything is kidding themselves. Granted, you can't literally do everything, but you can do a whole lot more than what you are currently doing. So, what is holding us back? Lack of energy.

Energy is a limiting factor which means that not all hours are the same. For instance, I do my best creative work in the morning or after a nap. Non-mental stuff like taking out the trash I do in the evenings. I also do my reading in the evenings.

The best way to boost your energy is to be in shape. This means getting exercise. You don't need to go run marathons or anything to boost your energy. A daily 30-minute walk will do the same thing. In addition, I fuel up on large amounts of caffeine. And recently, I have found that you can gain additional energy by eating light. I always want to take a nap after a meal, so I've started skipping meals. I'm in no danger of malnourishment because I'm fat.

As for money, you either have it, or you don't. But if you work a lot and pay yourself first, you'll have money. Winning the lottery would help expand my ability to accomplish certain projects, but it wouldn't change what I want to do with my life.

I don't know which limiting factor is the one that hinders me the most, but I suspect it is simply lack of energy. Right now, I want to go back to sleep because this virus I have is kicking my fucking ass. It is damn annoying. But I'll get through it. I always do.

As for time, we all have the same 24. This will never change.
I met the surgeon general - he offered me a cigarette.
RODNEY DANGERFIELD

For my birthday I got a humidifier and a de-humidifier... I put them in the same room and let them fight it out.
STEVEN WRIGHT

Immorality: the morality of those who are having a better time.
H.L. MENCKEN

Society bends over backward to be accommodating to religious sensibilities but not to other kinds of sensibilities. If I say something offensive to religious people, I'll be universally censured, including by many atheists. But if I say something insulting about Democrats or Republicans or the Green Party, one is allowed to get away with that. Hiding behind the smoke screen of untouchability is something religions have been allowed to get away with for too long.
RICHARD DAWKINS

Let us take stock of the moral intuitions now on display in the House of Islam: on August 17, 2005, an Iraqi insurgent helped collect the injured survivors of a car-bombing, rushed them to a hospital, and then detonated his own bomb, murdering those who were already mortally wounded as well as the doctors and nurses struggling to save their lives. Where were the cries of outrage from the Muslim world? Religious sociopaths murder innocents by the hundreds in the capitols of Europe, blow up the offices of the U.N. and the Red Cross, purposefully annihilate crowds of children gathered to collect candy from U.S. soldiers on the streets of Baghdad, kidnap journalists, behead them, and the videos of their butchery become the most popular form of pornography in the Muslim world, and no one utters a word of protest because these atrocities have been perpetrated “in defense of Islam.” But draw a picture of the Prophet, and pious mobs convulse with pious rage. One could hardly ask for a better demonstration of the manner in which religious dogmatism and its pseudo-morality eclipses basic, human goodness. This behavior would be impossible without religious belief. It is time we realized that the endgame for civilization is not political correctness. It is not respect for the abject religious certainties of the mob. It is reason.
SAM HARRIS

Spurrier and the Confederate Flag


Coach Steve Spurrier caused a bit of controversy when he called for the state of South Carolina to remove the confederate flag from the grounds of the statehouse. Undoubtedly, he thinks such a move might help him in recruiting black and Northern ballplayers, but the most likely result is to alienate many Carolina alumni.

As a Carolina alumnus, a South Carolinian, and a Southerner, I am proud to fly my rebel flag. A big reason why I like to do this is to piss off people who already think I am an inbred racist hick. By flying the confederate emblem, I am inviting the world to suck my rebel dick.

But I am also a libertarian, and I think it is an injustice to take tax dollars from the black citizens of this state and make them pay to fly an emblem that they find offensive. Some will say the amount is paltry, but it doesn't matter. That flag shouldn't fly on the statehouse grounds. My redneck readers will decry my disloyalty to the Southern cause, but I must remain consistent with the principles of liberty that I have come to love and have sworn to uphold.

If it were up to me, no tax dollars would be used for a memorial of any kind. Yes, this includes removing the portrait of Lincoln from the five dollar bill, selling off the Tomb of the Unknowns, or what have you. This will undoubtedly be extremely controversial, but the reason these publicly funded symbols cause controversy in the first place is because they are publicly funded. Like it or not, people want to have a say in how their tax dollars are spent. This is why we have controversy over things such as stem cell research, prayer in schools, etc. It is a riot of hogs fighting over who gets their snout in the trough of taxpayer money.

It is time to pull the confederate flag down (and maybe put it up somewhere else.) But with that said, it is also time to do away with the memorials to Martin Luther King because it is just as immoral to take money from a Ku Klux Klan motherfucker and make him pay for shit he doesn't like. But for the principals involved in this controversy, the whole point is to rub people's noses in it. This is why this culture war exists between flag supporters and groups like the NAACP. Neither side wants to respect the rights of the other. So, this is why you have this bullshit going on year after year.

Spurrier is a bit of an idiot for sticking his nose in this shit. But he's always had a big mouth. You can count on seeing a rebel flag at the home games this year. That's what happens when you tell Southerners they should be ashamed of who they are.

DVD-Pumping Iron

In 1977, Pumping Iron came out. This documentary highlighted bodybuilding and has gone on to become the best of its category. Thanks to Netflix, I was able to watch this flick, and here's my review.

I am not a bodybuilder. I just wanted to get that out of the way. If it was up to me, I would weigh 140 pounds and look like an Auschwitz survivor. But I still enjoy learning about things I will probably never do like ultrarunning or surfing. I watched Pumping Iron because I had heard a lot of things about this flick, and it delivers. Even if you aren't into this subculture, you will find this documentary entertaining as hell.

The "star" of Pumping Iron is Arnold Schwarzenegger. Even then, you could tell he was a different breed of man. He was and continues to be a character. He's a scoundrel, but that's why you like him.

The DVD covers the Mister Universe contest which is for amateurs. But it doesn't get really going until it starts to cover the Mr. Olympia contest which is for the pros. Lou Ferrigno and Arnold are going head-to-head, and you can tell that Ferrigno is the bigger man. But Schwarzenegger breaks down Lou mentally such that Lou can't pose for shit. He lacks confidence and swagger which the judges pick up on. Schwarzenegger is a mindfucker. It will blow you away what he does. You'll laugh your ass off at his antics.

Here's Arnold on the pump:

"The greatest feeling you can get in a gym or the most satisfying feeling you can get in the gym is the pump. Let's say you train your biceps, blood is rushing in to your muscles and that's what we call the pump. Your muscles get a really tight feeling like your skin is going to explode any minute and its really tight and its like someone is blowing air into your muscle and it just blows up and it feels different, it feels fantastic. It's as satifying to me as cumming is, you know, as in having sex with a woman and cumming. So can you believe how much I am in heaven? I am like getting the feeling of cumming in the gym, I'm getting the feeling of cumming at home, I'm getting the feeling of cumming backstage, when I pump up, when I pose out in front of 5000 people I get the same feeling, so I am cumming day and night. Its terrific, right? So I am in heaven."

The guy is amazing to look at, too. Not that I'm a fag or anything.

The only downside of Pumping Iron is that it never touches on steroids. Undoubtedly, they were being used, but the documentary never mentions this dark side. Arnold has admitted to using steroids, and the dirty secret of bodybuilding is that you can't look like Arnold without juicing.

Here's what natural bodybuilder Layne Norton looks like:



Nice, but not Arnold.

Overall, I give high marks to Pumping Iron. It is a must-see.

EDWARD HOPPER, New York Movie

Give It Up, Al

Today, Attorney General Albert Gonzales testified before Congress that he did not know anything about the US attorneys he fired and that he did not fire them for political reasons but because they sucked. He then replaced them with political cronies. The firings were not his fault, but he took full responsibility. In addition, he did not lie but certain statements he made may have not fully conveyed the truth which everyone in the rest of the world would call lies. Finally, he didn't do anything wrong, and he promised never to do it again.

I'll let Republican Senator Tom Coburn from Oklahoma have the last word:

"To me, there has to be consequences to accepting responsibility. And I would just say, Mr. Attorney General, it's my considered opinion that the exact same standards should be applied to you in how this was handled. And it was handled incompetently. The communication was atrocious. It was inconsistent. It's generous to say that there were misstatements. That's a generous statement. And I believe you ought to suffer the consequences that these others have suffered. And I believe that the best way to put this behind us is your resignation."

Cho Analysis

NBC broadcasted portions of the Virginia Tech gunman's "multimedia manifesto." The network has garnered some criticism for doing this, but I agree with what the network did. It was news, and that should be the only consideration in journalism except in those rare instances where a person's life might be endangered.

As for the videos, they basically confirmed what I already knew. Cho was a nut. Nothing he said made any sense. He was a narcissist pissed off that the world would not kiss his ass. He was a "victim." Please. . .

There is no preventing this kind of thing. I don't care how many gun laws are passed or what have you. And don't think this shit is an American phenomenon. It happens in other countries, too. The bottom line is that there are nuts in our society who do crazy shit. The best thing to do is be prepared for when they appear and terminate them with extreme prejudice. That means letting people exercise their right to keep and bear arms.

Where I work, everyone carries a sidearm. In fact, it is REQUIRED for us to do this. Nothing ever happens there. I feel perfectly safe there. In fact, I feel safer there than anywhere else because I know that a nutcase would be outgunned and would quickly be dispatched. A taxi driver, pizza delivery person, or a convenience store clerk face greater danger than I do. Those people are sitting ducks.

Folks, guns aren't the problem. Fuckheads are the problem. Guns are the solution. If you don't believe me, consider how the problem of Cho would have been solved if there had been one responsible person there with a concealed weapon. I can tell you that I would not have hesitated to blow that fucker's head off. My co-workers would have done the same thing.

It is time for people to quit being sitting ducks and speak up for their right to defend themselves. The cops failed at Virginia Tech. The laws and rules against guns failed. And people ask why the victims at Virginia Tech didn't fight back. With what?! A wad of chewing gum or a textbook?! They were at the mercy of that fucker, and he laughed. He fucking laughed.

SORAYAMA, unknown

The Problem

So, what the fuck is wrong with America?

You can't reach a solution to a problem unless you define what the problem is. I know what is wrong with America. Shhhh, it's a secret. But I'll share it with you, Gentle Reader. Here it is. The majority of Americans are dumb as shit.

At this point, you are probably saying this isn't a secret at all. But don't go rushing off thinking you're so much damn better than the Great Herd. Chances are you are one of those fuckheads that make this country so utterly fucked. We like to go on and on about dishonest politicians, broken promises, blah blah blah. Americans are great at whining, yet they never acknowledge that it is their own damn fault for things being the way they are. Politicians are largely reflexive and respond almost completely to the popular will of the people. This is because they wish to be elected and stay elected, and the best way to achieve this is to give the people what they want. And what do the people want? A panopoly of government spending without having to pay a dime in taxes for any of it. But I am digressing at this point. . .

The first sign of the problem is that a majority of Americans believe in God. I'm not talking about Bible thumpers here. These are folks who drink, fornicate, and live pretty much like I do. Yet, they still cling to some sort of religious belief. Christianity makes no real difference in their lives, but they still believe in God despite all the evidence that he simply isn't there. This nominal religion is very pervasive. It amazes me how these fucked up people can pull this shit off. I have more respect for a religionist if only because he at least tries to live up to some kind of creed. What these nominalists do is give the more virulent religious fuckheads a free pass and spawn an industry of "spirituality" that is simply ludicrous. The result is someone like my ex-girlfriend who was a cokehead, a dealer, an alcoholic, and a car thief who would pray for me every night. I wish I was making this up.

The reason this nominalism exists is because it is what these people learned from their fucktard parents or whatever seeped in at church. They merely accept what they are told without questioning a damn bit of it. And to add insult to injury, you have agnostics and closet atheists who try to make some peace with these fuckheads because they don't want to differ from the rest of the lemmings.

The second sign of the problem is the public's almost unquestioning belief in government to solve things. Government is good while everything from freedom to capitalism is evil. The result is people who howl in indignation over some petty thing at work but will gladly fork over a third of their income to Uncle Sam without so much as a whimper. (If you don't believe this, short every person at your workplace a single hour from their paycheck and see what happens.)

It amazes me how people will just blindly go along with government bullshit. Combined with a pervasive belief in a benign deity, and you have the gooey cream filling known as the American Middle where people just don't give a fuck. This collective herd merely ambles along but separate one of them from the whole and see how they change. Then, they care, but not until then. The individual is Someone Else. Just let me keep living in my blissful ignorance.

It takes effort to be as stupid as these people. These folks expend huge amounts of energy to be as dumb as they are. They want to be duped. And this is why we have so many of the problems we have. The majority have abdicated to a small but vocal minority that has learned they can get whatever they want so long as they tell the people what they wish to hear.

All of this came to me when discussing these things with people. Their credulity is amazing. It is like someone ignoring the sun because he wants to catch up on more sleep. Their worldview is not based upon what is true but on what they wish to be true. This stupidity extends to other things in their lives from drug abuse to bad finances to what have you. The difference is between simple ignorance and willful ignorance. The vast majority of Americans are willfully ignorant.

I believe everyone has the right to be stupid so long as they keep their stupidity to themselves. But stupid people like to spread the ignorance around. This is why my taxes are so high, and I get to read "In God We Trust" on my money. If it was up to me, I'd have "Question Authority" printed on the money. But that idea would be DOA. In short, we are not supposed to peer behind the curtain. We are to be the enablers for our tyrants as they fistfuck us into oblivion. That might be fine for you, but it will never be fine for me.

If you are an idiot, let me give you some advice. Stop believing in God and your government and start believing in yourself. Question what you are told. Think for a change. It will amaze you what you will discover.

A Coded Message for the Stunt Penis

Uoya eedna ota topsa rinkingda heta oolka-idaa.

The SCOTUS and Partial Birth Abortion

For the record, I am pro-choice.

Today, the SCOTUS gutted Roe vs. Wade in a 5-4 decision upholding a ban on partial birth abortion. Justice Kennedy pretty much opened the door for the states and federal legislators to begin whittling away at a woman's right to choose. An outright ban on abortion probably would not pass constitutional muster, but the same thing can be achieved through a thousand little cuts as opposed to plunging the dagger straight into the heart.

I expect a division to occur between red states and blue states as abortion becomes more and more restricted in the red states. Recent legislation requiring ultrasounds before performing an abortion pending in the SC General Assembly will probably get by the SCOTUS now. Things are going to get ugly on this issue.

I would prefer the SCOTUS to err on the side of liberty in all cases, but the Kelo decision shows how foolish this wish is. I don't expect a very pro-liberty court for a long while. And so it goes. . .

Virginia Tech Massacre

I've held my fire on this one until enough facts were in. Now, here's what I have to say:

1. There are nutcases in this world.

2. There is no deeper meaning in this tragedy. There are simply nutcases in this world.

3. A couple of students/faculty with concealed weapons would have made this a very different story. Fuck the gun control people. Gun control makes us all sitting ducks.

There you have it.

EDWARD HOPPER, Hotel Lobby

Tax Day

Today is the darkest day in the libertarian calendar. It is the day when we settle accounts with the slaveholder, and we either pay more from what we worked for or we get some peanuts back in gratitude thankful that master let us have some of our money back.

I pay taxes to stay out of jail. I know my dollars that I worked for will be wasted on the welfare state, pork barrel spending, foreign aid, etc. Unlike the rest of America who are stupid as teetotal fuck, I don't comfort myself with some sort of philosophy about duty to country or paying my "fair share." I pay it the way a jailhouse punk bites the pillow at night hoping his tormentor makes it quick and busts his nut.

There is only one thing I would change about the tax code. I would make taxes voluntary. If that ever happened, you'd see that whole fiasco in Washington disintegrate overnight. Suddenly, they'd have to be accountable to the customers. It would all vanish. But this is why the government is more like the Mafia than your local grocer. Their offer is one you can't refuse.

But unlike the rest of you pillowbiters, I'm doing my part. I work to change things. It might amount to nothing, but I take a bit of pride that though I took the government dick in my ass, I fought back. I spit in their face. I still have my defiance, and that is what makes me a man instead of a punk.

SORAYAMA, unknown

Samsung 500

I was pleased that someone other than Jimmie Johnson won at Texas. It was a good race with a clean finish as Jeff Burton passed Matt Kenseth to take the checkered flag.

On an interesting sidenote, Dale Jr. drove Kyle Busch's #5 car for the last few laps. I have to wonder what happened to Kyle Busch who seems a bit like a brat. (He is on my shit list because of this.)

In other NASCAR news, I have to wonder about Michael Waltrip. I've always liked Mikey and rooted for him. I haven't changed my mind about him, but he is having the year from hell. All this shit goes back to his leaving DEI. As a car owner, he has had trouble trying to put it all together. He got busted for cheating and failed to qualify for two races. Not good. Then, he wrecked his car (personal car) and got cited for leaving the scene of the accident. He says he fell asleep at the wheel, and I believe him.

Waltrip is falling apart. I suspect he has given up running as he seems a bit fatter than he was from a season or two ago. He looks ragged, and I think he is working himself into oblivion. He is riding in a suck ass car that he owns, and I doubt he could drive worth a shit now anyway even if he had a great car. I hate to see this happen to the guy. Waltrip could have easily driven for another team, but he really put a lot on himself as both driver, owner, and bringing out the Toyotas for their first Cup season. Then, there's the Car of Tomorrow. I don't see how the guy sleeps.

Speaking of the COT, I think it sucks. NASCAR says that they wanted to build a safer car, but I think the car is actually unsafer because it is undrivable. That was probably NASCAR's secret. Make the drivers slower by giving them a car that has to be driven slowly. Instead, they've become frustrated at a car that will not perform.

I'm all for making NASCAR safer, but this is racing, folks. You accept a certain amount of risk climbing into those cars. If you want safe, go race some go-carts.
The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a
Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven. What matter
where, if I be still the same, and what I should be,
all but less than he whom thunder hath made
greater? Here at least we shall be free; the
almighty hath not built here for his envy, will not
drive us hence; here we may reign secure, and, in
my choice, to reign is worth ambition, though in
Hell: better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.

Satan,
Milton's Paradise Lost, I, 254-263

TITIAN, Venus of Urbino
If I ever marry, it will be on a sudden impulse - as a man shoots himself.
H.L. MENCKEN

The total amount of suffering per year in the natural world is beyond all decent contemplation. During the minute that it takes me to compose this sentence, thousands of animals are being eaten alive, many others are running for their lives, whimpering with fear, others are slowly being devoured from within by rasping parasites, thousands of all kinds are dying of starvation, thirst, and disease. It must be so. If there ever is a time of plenty, this very fact will automatically lead to an increase in the population until the natural state of starvation and misery is restored. In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won't find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.
RICHARD DAWKINS

A girl phoned me the other day and said... Come on over, there's nobody home. I went over. Nobody was home.
RODNEY DANGERFIELD

The human capacity for self-delusion is boundless, and the effects of belief are overpowering.
MICHAEL SHERMER

We'll try to cooperate fully with the IRS, because, as citizens, we feel a strong patriotic duty not to go to jail.
DAVE BARRY

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects

1. THE IMUS FLAP

I don't have much of an opinion on all of this. That may seem ironic, but it shouldn't. Basically, Don Imus is an insensitive asshole (surprise!) while everyone else from Al Sharpton to the Rutgers women's basketball team are hypersensitive crybabies. The only thing I can say is that Imus should never have apologized. It is not because I stand behind his comments because I don't. But once you go down that road of appeasement, the politically correct will fistfuck you into oblivion. I would have told them all, "Sorry 'bout it."

For future reference, I will never apologize for what gets written on this blog. The entire world including you, Gentle Reader, can suck my dick.

2. IDIOT OF THE WEEK

The award goes to Al Sharpton for calling on the FCC to do something about hate speech on the airwaves. Sharpton would probably end up cutting his own throat with this one.

3. DUKE LACROSSE

I'm glad common sense and justice finally prevailed here, and I hope Mike Nifong gets fucked really good. I anticipate some civil suits regarding this case, and I hope these young men and their families get a lot of money out of the case.

This situation was not an isolated incident. Things like this go on all the time. I shudder to think how many innocents have gone to prison because of zealous and unscrupulous prosecutors. The only reason these lacrosse players prevailed here is because they came from rich families. Poor kids get railroaded straight into jail.

The Imus flap and the Duke lacrosse scandal may seem unrelated, but they are not. In both cases, people were crucified for using racially derogatory language. In Imus' case, it resulted in him losing his job which is not an injustice. In the Duke case, it resulted in a prosecution and a possible conviction for these young men. This is an injustice.

I feel bad for the injustices that black people suffered and continue to suffer when they are racially profiled by law enforcement and other government types. I work to try and end such injustices. But my sense of justice knows no color, and I do not endorse the tribal lynching that many in the black community think is their due. As my teachers used to say, two wrongs don't make a right.

4. PUTIN

Vladimir Putin has brought back tyranny to Russia, and I am afraid it is there to stay. The man is supposed to step down at the end of his term, but he won't. I can guarantee that. Meanwhile, he enjoys overwhelming popularity among the Russian people. And there you have it. The reason dictators do what they do is a result of the popular will. I hate to admit it, but people just don't want to be free. Expect further erosions of liberty in Russia. As long as the people can drink their vodka, they don't give a fuck.

5. MISSING EMAILS

I am laughing my ass off over the "unintentional" deletion of emails concerning the Attorney General scandal. Naturally, Karl Rove seems to be the culprit here. He's a slimy but smart motherfucker.

Nixon should have burned those tapes. Rove knows his history. Sorry, folks. I'm just giving the devil his due.

SORAYAMA,unknown

One Life to Live

I usually like to recap my weekend on Monday, but there isn't much to say about this weekend past because there was no Cup race because of Easter.

Easter is the day when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ. This event gives them hope that they will also rise from the dead, and that death is not the end but a glorious beginning for something better. Unfortunately, all of this is bullshit.

There is only one life, and it is the one you are living right now. There is no afterlife. There is no heaven or hell. There is no resurrection from the dead or a final judgment. You do not possess a soul that will live on after your body has failed and become food for bacteria and maggots. In short, dead is dead.

Right now, this is when people decry my negativity. I am too morbid. Blah fucking blah. I don't give a teetotal fuck about dying. Death takes care of itself. I just focus on living and being happy.

Death is not painful. Dying may be painful but not death. When I die, I hope it is quick and painless. But no matter how I expire, I intend to live it up until that moment. I don't get a second chance. I have but one life to live, and I intend to live it well. As for Jesus, his ass is sitting in some unmarked hole somewhere. I don't know if he was a lying fucker or if all of that was because of his followers. All I know is someone told some fibs somewhere.

I spent my Easter engaged in fornication. I did not go to church, but I did enjoy a scrumptious dinner at my aunt's house. I don't think you can get better than a good meal and a good fuck. It was a shame there wasn't some NASCAR to round out an otherwise perfect day.
A friend, an intelligent lapsed Jew who observes the Sabbath for reasons of cultural solidarity, describes himself as a Tooth Fairy Agnostic. He will not call himself an atheist because it is in principle impossible to prove a negative. But "agnostic" on its own might suggest that he thought God's existence or non-existence equally likely. In fact, though strictly agnostic about god, he considers God's existence no more probable than the Tooth Fairy's.
Bertrand Russell used a hypothetical teapot in orbit about Mars for the same didactic purpose. You have to be agnostic about the teapot, but that doesn't mean you treat the likelihood of its existence as being on all fours with its non-existence.
The list of things about which we strictly have to be agnostic doesn't stop at tooth fairies and celestial teapots. It is infinite. If you want to believe in a particular one of them -- teapots, unicorns, or tooth fairies, Thor or Yahweh -- the onus is on you to say why you believe in it. The onus is not on the rest of us to say why we do not. We who are atheists are also a-fairyists, a-teapotists, and a-unicornists, but we don't have to bother saying so.

RICHARD DAWKINS

Neuroscience shows that the attachment bonds between men and women, especially in the early stages of a relationship, are chemical in nature and stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain in a manner resembling addictive drugs.
MICHAEL SHERMER

Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn't, they'd be married too.
H.L. MENCKEN

It is easy to be conspicuously "compassionate" if others are being forced to pay the cost.
MURRAY ROTHBARD

I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care.
DAVE BARRY

Q & A

Q: Why are you so negative?

A: I get this at least once a week if not once a day. For the record, I am not negative or a pessimist. I am a realist. Sometimes, this means I am positive when everyone around me is negative. This would apply to issues such as global warming, mad cow disease, killer asteroids, or what have you. OTOH, I am negative on such things as the government's ability to make meaningful social change, manage the economy, win the war on drugs, respect civil rights, etc.

It all depends on the issue with me. Generally, I find that the people who decry my "negativity" are shitheads who believe in religion, government, or love. Well, here's some positivity for you. You don't need any of these three things to be happy and enjoy life.

Q: How can you believe that we came from protoplasmic slime?

A: I must admit that it seems farfetched that we all evolved from a chance collision of organic compounds in a prehistoric primordial soup. OTOH, it seems far more plausible to me than a divine creator fashioning a man from mud and then plucking out his rib to fashion a piece of ass for that man. For all I know, we could have sprung from the feces of some alien who made a pit stop here before continuing on his journeys. I don't know. What I do know is that evolution is supported by all the evidence we have from the fossil record so far in addition to current evolution that occurs now with superbugs, AIDS, etc. No evidence exists for Genesis or any other religious myth. I go with the evidence.

Q: Why do you waste your time with that libertarian bullshit?

A: I get this from people who begrudgingly agree with my political philosophy but think it is a waste of time pursuing it. In other words, if you can't win, why play?

I agree that libertarian initiatives are DOA when it comes to the wider population. Ron Paul is the most successful libertarian politician ever, and he is virtually unknown among Republicans. Even when small government conservatives get elected, they abandon their principles in order to remain in office. Without a doubt, it is a gloomy outlook for freedom.

But there is hope on singular issues. I doubt that wholesale libertarianism will ever take root, but we have made some progress on issues such as drug legalization, gun rights, the draft, etc. I'll take whatever I can get. But these victories are few and far between.

Being a libertarian is an essential part of my philosophy of life which I have labelled "secular individualism"--a term coined by a guy named Vincent Cook. This philosophy of life is the core of what makes me happy. By being a libertarian, I am skeptical of the political ideologies of the Left and the Right. I don't feel a trace of guilt over burning fossil fuels or fornicating or what have you. I am not a slave to the "greater good," and I am able to laugh at a lot of stuff. Tyranny isn't just political but also psychological. I may not be able to escape the political tyranny, but I have already escaped the psychological tyranny. I don't live in fear or guilt, and it is precisely because I am a libertarian that I am able to do this. It is worth it.

Since my "conversion" to the libertarian mindset, I have enjoyed greater happiness and prosperity. I am more tolerant of others even if I think they have shit for brains. I am easier to get along with. I am a better and more pleasant person because I believe in to each his own. I want everyone to be free to do as they please as long as they don't harm other people. It is my dream that the rest of the USA will extend the same courtesy my way.

SORAYAMA, unknown

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects

1. CIVIL RIGHTS FOR FELONS

I applaud Florida Governor Charlie Crist's efforts to help reinstate the civil rights of convicted felons. Currently, such measures deprive people especially people of color a voice in the democratic process. Right wing fucknuts will howl about this, but when you consider that we allow convicts to run for and even hold elected office, depriving them of the right to vote is a bit foolish.

I believe people should pay for their crimes, but I also believe that those same people should be able to go on to normal lives once they've paid their debts. As it stands now, if you get a felony conviction, you are FFL--Fucked For Life.

2. IDIOT OF THE WEEK--Bill O'Reilly



3. TRUE SHIT

Mormons wear special holy underwear.

4. THE UN AND GLOBAL WARMING

The United Nations is warning us about global warming. Naturally, it is the fault of the developed countries like the USA, and the victims are going to be the underdeveloped countries. You can expect there to be a call for a transfer of cash from the developed nations to the undeveloped nations with the UN being the agent of exchange. How convenient.

5. KERKORIAN AND CHRYSLER

Kirk Kerkorian really wants to be in the auto business. After failing with a takeover of GM, Kerkorian is now going for Chrysler. I hope he succeeds. He clearly has a plan for Detroit, and I think Detroit needs it right now.

6. SC ULTRASOUND BILL

I am opposed to it for obvious reasons. I hope it gets struck down by the courts, but it might get to the SCOTUS.

7. AMERICAN IDOL

I am the only person in America who doesn't give a shit about this show.

8. A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS

This DVD blew so bad that I stopped halfway and put it back in the Netflix envelope. If it got better beyond that I couldn't tell.

9. JIMMIE JOHNSON

I really wish he would stop winning.

10. NEW LOOK FOR RTOVS

By now, you realize that I have started putting headlines on the RTOVS. I hope this will be an improvement and make your reading experience here more enjoyable.

The Welfare Effect

I don't help people. This doesn't mean that I won't help a drowning person or give a soldier a ride to where he wants to go. I do that type of stuff all of the time. These one-act forms of charity are great because I feel like I've done something good while the downside is nil.

On the flip side of all of this are the ones who are chronically in "need" of assistance. I meet people all of the time who can't pay their bills, are homeless, can't keep a job, are addicted to X, etc. You can't help these people because your help only makes it worse for them. If you take in a homeless person, they will remain in your house until you kick them out. If you give someone some money to get by, they will return for more.

I tend to differentiate between problems of character and problems of fate. Your house burning down is a problem of fate. Shit happens, and all of us face these things sooner or later. In the houseburning situation, I tend to want to help out. The same thing could happen to me.

OTOH, I have a cousin who is a chronic drunk and dopehead who has been in both rehab and jail. Yet, his life is still fucked up. Why? Because he is a fuckhead who gets bailed out every time he fucks up. He has never really had to endure the consequences of his actions. Even jail seems preferrable to him than having to work a 9 to 5 and be responsible.

The welfare effect is a very real phenomenon. In the process of helping someone, you also reinforce a dependence upon you as a solution to the problem. For most people, the biggest problem they have isn't tragedy or addiction but simple laziness. Even in my own life, my biggest enemy is slack. I despise it so much that I push myself into workaholism to overcome slack. But slack is an ever present force in my life sort of like gravity. (I'll have more on this in a future post.)

The bottom line is that you can't go around bailing people out of their self-inflicted problems. I am sick to the point of nausea with people decrying my lack of compassion for other people. I don't feel sorry for people, and I certainly don't expect them to feel sorry for me. And I find that the best way to help people is to never put yourself in the need of someone else's aid.

I have been in bad situations before, and I will probably be in some more again before I assume room temperature. But I have found that the answer to my problems was simple hard work. I worked myself out of the shit I was in, and I saw the help that people gave me not as a handout but as an opportunity that would not come again. And I always made a vow never to repeat those mistakes that got me into that mess in the first place.

I don't help people with problems of character, and I do everything I can to never need the help of others. I believe you should make your own way in the world, and you shouldn't let anyone guilt trip you into being the host for these goddamn parasites. You have a right to be happy, and these fuckers have a responsibility to take care of themselves.

VAN GOGH, Skull with Cigarette

DVD-Saw 3

This is a horrible movie. A coworker recommended it to me, and I can't believe I wasted the time to watch this piece of shit. I've seen all three in this horror series, and they all suck.

Basically, Saw is about killing people in creative ways where they must choose between excruciating pain and death. Usually, their hesitation when it comes to this leads them to both the pain and the death. In short, it is cinematic sadism, and I am just not into this.

I confess to not liking movies like this. I'm not into cruelty. I realize that it sometimes must be depicted on the screen to advance a story, but there is no story here. It is just torture for amusement. Don't waste your life watching this shit.

DVD-Casino Royale

Daniel Craig is 007 in what is the best Bond movie I have ever seen. Casino Royale delivers like no other Bond movie before it. Clearly, the producers of the Bond franchise decided to deal with the new competition from the Bourne and Misson:Impossible franchises by stripping away the hokey gadgets and making a grittier and more realistic flick.

The best action sequence in the movie is the stunning chase involving freerunning. It will blow you away that there are people in this world that can do these things. That section alone makes this movie worth watching, but CR continues to deliver. Craig is excellent as the man with the license to kill, and you get a lot of backstory on the character that was missing from the other flicks. In short, Royale is a do-over for the series, and I think it was due.

I don't know where they will go from here, but Craig has made his case that he deserves to be Bond. Naysayers be damned.

SORAYAMA, unknown

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 14

1. The IDIOT OF THE WEEK award goes to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales who has reversed himself on the US attorney scandal and pretty much fucked himself. Al says he is "fighting for the truth." Give me a fucking break.

The whole affair is a bit stupid and amounts to a Democrat witchhunt. Al should have done the smart thing and pled the fifth. It might make him look a crook, but I find that preferrable to looking like an idiot.

2. I don't see how Bush can criticize the pork in the bill Congress passed trying to end funding for the war and set a deadline for troop withdrawal. It is amazing how this guy can become a small government conservative when it is expedient. I just want to know what this fucktard was doing for the last six years before the Democrats took back Congress.

3. Giuliani is the man to beat when it comes to the GOP race. I think only Fred Thompson could derail the former NYC mayor. And why is this? Because politics is about personality. Ultimately, the muddled middle of the American electorate goes for the guy with the most charisma and personal charm. It is a popularity contest and nothing more. Unfortunately, we can't measure things like this in a scientific manner. It is a question of preference and aesthetics.

The reason libertarians have never made meaningful progress in electoral politics is a shortage of personalities. We have no rockstars except in the fields of entertainment, business, and academia. Sorry, Ron Paul. I'll vote for you, but policy and principles don't win elections. I wish they did.

4. I'm not much of a warmonger, but I think the Brits should put it to Iran. Those fuckheads need their asses cut.

5. Neither Will Ferrell nor Family Guy are funny. I just don't see why people laugh at this shit. OTOH, Jackass, the movies, and the spinoffs with Bam and Steve-O is the funniest shit I've ever seen. Humor is a strange thing. I have discovered this in my own life. When I try to be funny, nobody laughs. When I am not trying to be funny, people find me hilarious. I don't get it.

6. Life is too short to waste it on women who can't make up their minds whether they like you or not. Focus on the women who do like you and things will go well for you.

7. Visitors to this blog may note that some of the YouTube videos I post here don't play. All I can say is blame it on Viacom.